The theme of the Tenth Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Islamic Studies Conference is “(De-) Centering Islam and the Question of Authenticity.” The conference will take place on February 16 and 17, 2013 at Duke University.

During our conference we hope to examine the question of authenticity as constructed, performed, and challenged in Islamic traditions that presume a discursive center. A corollary concern of this inquiry is whether assertions of authenticity in Islam need rely on a center-periphery dynamic: we see much evidence for arguments in favor of as well as against this interpretation. 

Presenters will explore this theme through a variety of topics in the study of Islam. Papers are from a range of disciplines (including but not limited to medicine, psychology, art and art history, geography, literature, philosophy, political science, religious studies, cultural anthropology, and history) that examine such questions within historical and contemporary Islamicate contexts.

We invite you to join in our discussion. Our schedule and presenters are listed on this website for your convenience.  The conference will take place at Duke University’s Franklin Center located at 2204 Erwin Road, Durham, NC. Directions and more information about the center can be found at http://jhfc.duke.edu/about/map.php.